Homosexuality has become one of the most controversial topics in America today. Christians have responded to its prominence by doing anything from supporting it to calling it the worst sin of all time. Last Wednesday night, Pastor Jason explained why homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible.
First, we want to make a distinction between two categories of people: 1. People who are living in a homosexual lifestyle and 2. People who are struggling with same sex attraction. There are plenty of people who experience same-sex attraction, but do not act out on these attractions. In other words, it is not sin to have homosexual tendencies, but it is a sin to act out on them.
The argument mainly comes down to presuppositions—the things that we base our beliefs on. During our contend series, we have covered the reasons why we believe that the Bible is a reliable source for truth (you can read the recap here). Therefore, we can trust what the Bible says about sexuality. How exactly does the Bible say that we should conduct ourselves sexually?
Genesis 2:24 tells us that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” All throughout the Bible, marriage is described as the only place that sexuality is designed to be expressed. Often Christians or other religious people will believe that sex is a bad thing, but God explains that it is good. It was His idea. There are three things that sex is designed to do in a marriage relationship:
1. Pleasure for husband and wife
2. Unity between husband and wife
An important biblical principle regarding anything that God has made is that “anything that perverts the original intent or design of the creator is sin.” So, God created sex to work a certain way, and we must obey that design. God designed sex, so He knows how it works best. God is not out to kill our joy, but to bring us the most possible joy through obeying Him. If we disobey and change the original design for sex into whatever we want, it will no longer function the way it should and work against our ultimate happiness.
However, many in our culture today argue that homosexuality is morally acceptable. Pastor Jason went over a few reasons why these common objections do not stand the test of logic.
1. I was born this way
First of all, there has been no scientific proof that there is such a thing as a “gay gene.” There is, however, evidence that a gene exists in extremely angry people that causes them to be that way. But, this does not tell us that they should walk around being angry all of the time; they should, instead, learn how to deal with their anger.
Even if they did discover a gene that caused certain people to be attracted to the same sex, it would not mean that they should act out on those impulses. Every single person is born with a tendency to sin, and it is different for every person. Some people tend to be angry or jealous or lustful, but God calls us to repent of our sins and to walk in a way that is pleasing to Him.
2. I’m in love
Feelings do not determine what is right. The Bible tells us that “the heart is deceitfully wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). If we followed every little thing that our hearts told us to do, we would be in a mess. We have random impulses to do things that we know are wrong all the time, but that does not mean that we should follow them.
3. This is my right
The question here is “where do your rights come from?” As Christians, we believe that ever human being has rights that are given to them by God because that is what the Bible tells us. But, for a person that does not believe what the Bible says has no foundation from which to claim their own rights. We cannot say that our rights come from the government or somewhere else because the government can take them away, but if our rights come from somewhere higher, they are “inalienable” and cannot be taken from us. Every person has a right to either accept or reject what the Bible says about anything, but they will be held responsible for these choices in the end. We are not advocating that any homosexual should be treated differently than anyone else, but we believe that they are not able to give a logical foundation for believing that they have a right to redefine the way that God has designed marriage.
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